At long last, Justin "Wizzrobe" Hallett has found an organization to call home. The Captain Falcon maestro will be competing in Super Smash Bros. Melee under the Envy Gaming brand.
Team Envy initially teased the Wizzrobe signing with a "new challenger approaching" tweet, referencing the screen that shows up in the Super Smash Bros. games when a new character is available to unlock. The new challenger in question is Captain Falcon, the main character for Wizzrobe in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Wizzrobe is considered by many to be the best Captain Falcon player in the world and is renowned for his versatility and top-level performance across every game in the Smash series. His reputation as a champion has steadily grown since his first appearance at Apex 2013 where he placed second in Project M, which he continued to play competitively through 2015 before retiring to focus on Smash.
To many longtime Melee fans, Wizzrobe's signing is long overdue. The 21-year old has been a top player for several years across multiple titles. In an interview with Inven Global, professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player DaJuan "Shroomed" McDaniel took it a step further, implying that Wizzrobe's potential signing had much larger implications for the entire Melee scene:
"In my opinion, the turning point for Melee will be if Wizzrobe gets sponsored. He's just won Smash'n'Splash 5 Melee singles, and he's been doing so well for so long and he's been unsponsored the whole time.
I think that's because sponsors don't see the return of investment; it would only be a sponsorship out of passion. It wouldn't be a business decision."
During his career, Wizzrobe has earned multiple championship victories in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, most notably his very first Melee Major victory at Smash'N'Splash5 earlier this month. Wizzrobe's last major placing was a top 2 finish at Smash Summit 8, finishing as the runner-up to Tempo Storm's Jeffrey "Axe" Williamson.
“Wizzrobe is the perfect match for Envy: he brings a big personality and record of competing at the highest level that we’re excited to further,” said Mike Rufail, owner and CEO at Envy Gaming.
“We’ve been in awe of the fanbase that has developed around Smash for many years and waited for the right player to bring Envy into the scene. We can’t wait to watch Wizzrobe compete.”